John Kneuer, head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, is expected to address NTIA’s role in the DTV transition at the Oct. 3 conference.
The Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration is right in the middle of the broadcasters’ transition to digital.
So it is fitting that Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce John Kneuer, who heads the NTIA, is right in the middle of the Association for Maximum Service Television’s 20th Annual Television Conference as the luncheon keynote speaker.
Among other things, NTIA has been charged by Congress to administer a billion-dollar program to subsidize the purchase of converters that will allow consumers who rely on over-the-air TV to receive digital signals on analog TV sets. That need will become increasingly urgent over the next couple years. Broadcasters must turn off their analog signals on Feb. 19, 2009, and broadcast digital signals only.
The daylong conference—[email protected]:Shaping the Future of Television—is slated for Oct. 3 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Atrium Ballroom B).
Other conference highlights: a panel featuring top TV station group executives (Jay Ireland, NBC; Paul Karpowicz, Meredith; Paul McTear, Raycom Media; and Jim Yager, Barrington Broadcasting) and a panel featuring the heads of the three principal TV trade associations (Kyle McSlarrow, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; David Rehr, NAB; and Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association).